Rome Newsroom, Oct 8, 2020 / 12:00 pm
South Korea’s National Assembly is considering a proposal to allow abortion up to 14 weeks as the deadline approaches to revise the country’s abortion law.
After the national law prohibiting abortion except in the cases of rape, incest, genetic disease, or risk to the mother’s health was overturned by South Korea’s Constitutional Court in April last year, the court gave Korean legislators until the end of 2020 to change the law.
South Korea’s Ministry of Justice put forward a proposal Oct. 7 to allow abortion up to 14 weeks in all cases and up to 24 weeks in cases of severe birth defects, sex crime, or health risk for the mother, according to Reuters.
The Catholic Bishops’ Conference of Korea has issued a statement calling on the Justice Ministry to protect the unborn “from the very moment of conception.” Korean Catholics have also advocated for further legislation to address the needs of pregnant mothers.